• Kindergarten & First Grade Early Entrance Screening

    (Early Entrance Screening for Fall Entrance)

     

    Parents who are considering having their child assessed for early admittance into District 220's kindergarten or first grade program in the fall should review the following information. The screening takes place in the spring each year. Please note the screening date, application deadline, questionnaires, and documents required. For additional information regarding the requirements for early entrance into kindergarten or first grade, please see District 220’s Extended Services Handbook.

     

    Assessments & Process

    Phase I: Assessments Utilized for Screening: Gross and fine motor checklist; social interaction checklist; observation of attention and engagement in tasks; speech and language checklist; FastBridge Reading achievement/Fountas & Pinnell level; FastBridge Math achievement; Assessing Math Concepts (fall targets applied). For some students, the screening process will end at this juncture based on the readiness data collected by the District Screening Team. Parents will be called and a letter will be mailed home. 

    Students who meet the fall achievement targets above will move on to Phase II...

     

    Phase II:  (Need not apply to students seeking entrance into first grade who 1) turn 6 by December 31 of the upcoming school year, 2) have attended a nonpublic school for preschool, continued at the nonpublic school for kindergarten, 3) were taught by an appropriately licensed kindergarten teacher, and 4) met the District’s readiness requirements noted above): If warranted based on the screening data above, a one-on-one cognitive assessment (WPPSI or Stanford-Binet) and an achievement assessment (WIAT or Woodcock-Johnson) will also be administered by a district psychologist. Parents will be contacted with details and asked to provide consent.

    Upon completion of a formal report, results of the testing will be reviewed with the parents to discuss the recommended placement.

       

    DUE DATE: All Documents & Questionnaires Must Be Received On Or Before

    APRIL 12, 2019

     

    Please email all required documents listed below to: 

    rwiegel@barrington220.org

     

    Or mail them to:

    Rebecca Wiegel

    Barrington 220 District Administrative Center

    515 W. Main St.

    Barrington, Illinois 60010

     

     

     

    Electronic questionnaires will automatically be received upon completion (see below).

     Forms will not be accepted after the due date.

    Late entries will have to re-apply next spring or students already attending District 220 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis at their district school.

     

    After all documents and questionnaires are received, a confirmation phone call and/or email to parents/guardians for a screening appointment will be made. Parents are welcome to stay in a comfortable waiting room area while their child is being screened. Feel free to bring a book, tablet, snacks, or drinks.

     

    Required Documents & Questionnaires: Gmail account needed to complete forms. Recommended web browsers for a PC are Chrome or Fire Fox, Mac is Safari.

    1. Birth certificate
    2. Proof of residency
    3. Please click here to complete this electronic form: Early Entrance Parent Questionnaire. Received automatically by District 220 upon completion. (PDF version to print and mail in: Early Entrance Parent Questionnaire
    4. Please click here to complete this electronic form: Early Entrance Teacher/Specialist Questionnaire Outside of District 220. Received automatically by District 220 upon completion. (PDF version to print and mail in BY THE TEACHER, if needed: Early Entrance Teacher/Specialist Questionnaire Outside of District 220)
    5. Any official school record of attendance (pre-school or kindergarten)

            (Community Unit School District 220 School Board Policy 6:135 & 7:50)

     

    Early Entrance Qualifications, Kindergarten: To qualify for an early entrance screening for kindergarten, a parent/guardian must show proof of the following:

    • Proof of residency within District 220 (gas bill, electric bill, mortgage agreement, real-estate closing, lease agreement, etc.).
    • Child's date of birth (the child will not be denied early entrance under the Extended Services and Accelerated Placement Programming Policy based on age)
.
    • Any attendance records from an early childhood center/ preschool.
    • Completion of Parent Questionnaire (electronic forms above).
    • Completion of Teacher Questionnaire (electronic forms above). 

     

    Early Entrance Qualifications, Grade 1: To qualify for an early entrance screening for first grade, a parent/guardian must show proof of the following:

    • Proof of residency within District 220 (gas bill, electric bill, mortgage agreement, real-estate closing, lease agreement, etc.).
    • Enrollment in Barrington School District 220 at Main Street District Administrative Center.
    • Child’s initial registration and enrollment in kindergarten in District 220 (placement may be changed accordingly), if applicable.
    • Child's date of birth (i.e. 6th birthday falls between September 2nd and December 31st of that school term, except the child will not be denied early entrance under the Extended Services and Accelerated Placement Programming Policy based on age).
    • Any attendance records from an early childhood center/ preschool and kindergarten.
    • Taught by an Illinois state approved teacher (see below to confirm teacher certification with ISBE), except the child will not be denied early entrance under the Extended Services and Accelerated Placement Programming Policy based on teacher certification.
    • Completion of Parent Questionnaire (electronic forms above).
    • Completion of Teacher Questionnaire (electronic forms above).  

     

    Kindergarten & First Grade Early Entrance Screening Date: 

    APRIL 22, 2019  

    Screening Times: Confirmed students will need to arrive promptly at the start times below and may require the full session to complete the screening.

    • Potential Kindergarten students, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    • Potential First Grade students, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

     

    Screening Location: 

    Barbara Rose Elementary School

    61 W. Penny Road, South Barrington, IL 60010

     
     
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
     

    Are there alternative early screening testing dates?

    No. The screening for early entrance into kindergarten or first grade will only be offered once each spring on the date noted above. Children will only be assessed one time for Early Entrance. However, once a child is enrolled in District 220, instructional needs are continually reviewed by the educational team to determine if further supports are needed.

     

    How do I know if early entrance to kindergarten or first grade is the best choice for my child?

    The purpose of the early entrance process is to make learning available to children who demonstrate commensurate grade level skills (fall targets applied) as measured by assessments administered by the District 220 and to provide students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement with the opportunity to do so. Skills assessed: Gross and fine motor skills; social interaction; attention and engagement in tasks; early literacy and reading; number sense and math. 

    • Students who enter school through the early entrance process must be capable of working in a classroom setting with children a year (or more) older.
    • The requirements for early entrance are aligned to fall achievement targets and standard age cognitive ability to ensure that students in an accelerated placement are social-emotionally prepared for the learning.
    • Early entrance to kindergarten is not a replacement for child care. There are many preschools and daycare options available in the Barrington area.
    • Early enrollment in school may have long-term effects on your child. It is difficult to predict the potential social/emotional impact on your child as he or she progresses through elementary, middle, and high school.

     

    What should I expect of the early entrance assessment process

    A screening will be held for all qualifying applicants. An educational team will observe and assess your child in the areas noted above. Parents may not be present in the assessment area, but may wait in a designated waiting area. Results will not be available on the day of testing.

     

    How will I know if my child qualifies for early entrance?  

    After the screening, the district team will review the assessment data and provide a phone call regarding next steps. An official letter will also be mailed home regarding the screening. 

     

    If further testing is required after the screening, consisting of a one-on-one cognitive assessment administered by a district psychologist, parents will be contacted with details and asked to provide consent. Upon completion of a formal report, results of the testing will be reviewed with the parents to discuss the recommended placement.

     

    How do I know if a kindergarten teacher outside of District 220 is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)?  

    To confirm that a kindergarten TEACHER IS ISBE CERTIFIED go to this website at the Illinois State Board of Education: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Educator-Licensure-Information-System.aspx (needed for early first grade entrance only).  

    • On the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) page click, Public SearchEnter the KINDERGARTEN teacher's last name and first name to search. Other fields are not necessary. Knowing the teacher's middle initial is helpful to discern the correct teacher from the various individuals who come up in the search. Under the Descriptionkindergarten must be listed and current (expiration date is visible on top chart, Licenses, PEL). 

     

    At what age can a student with special needs be considered for early entrance?

    A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education is eligible for admission at three (3) years of age.

     

    Please use this link for general kindergarten (not early entrance) information here within District 220:  

    https://www.barrington220.org/kindergarten.